Friday, August 31, 2007

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Young Adult Fantasy Author Kim Baccellia Visits The Writer's Life!

Special guest today here at The Writer's Life is young adult multicultural fantasy author, Kim Baccellia! Kim is author of the book, EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA, which was a finalist in the 2006 Dream Realm Awards and a finalist in the Smartwriters 2006 WIN contest.

Ms. Baccellia's writing credits include numerous poems published in a variety of magazines, ranging from Beginnings magazine and Latino Stuff Review to Coil magazine. Her poem, My Father , appears in the Mind Mutations Anthology published by The Sun Rising Poetry Press. Her essay on the adoption of her son, Finally, Our Turn , appeared in both Adoptive Families magazine and the Adoptive Families 2003-2004 Adoption Guide . She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators ( SCBWI).

You can visit her website at http://www.kim-baccellia.com/ and her blog at kbaccellia.livejournal.com.

Welcome to The Writer's Life, Kim! Can you tell us when your passion for writing began?

I can't remember a time when I didn't write. When I was in elementary school I wrote short stories. In middle school I wrote a horoscope column. I wrote for my high school paper and I even wrote my own newsletter while in junior college.
Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

I try to get up an hour early each morning to get some writing in. Then I write every day while my son is in school. Later at night, I try to get another hour in.

In the summer I have to be more creative since my son's out of school. Whenever I find an extra fifteen minutes or more, I write.
Do you write full time?

Yes. I turn my phone off and I've even posted a sign on my door letting people know that I'm working. I found it's important to let others know you can't be disturbed during your writing
time.
Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA is about a Latina teen who after rejecting the Mexican fables and stories of her grandmother finds herself in the parallel world of Ixtumea, where she confronts the very thing she shuns, her cultural heritage.
Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Virtual Tales is my publisher. I've been very happy with them. They have done a lot with my story. It first came out as an e-serial, then an ebook, and now it's in print! There's even merchandise with the cover art at CafePress.

Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

The lack of Latino heroines in fantasies and other literature. I was sick of the typical
British-orphan-boy-saves-world-story.
Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

I've had a number of contests. I also have advertised with a couple teen sites such as Teens Read Too and YA Book Central. I have a live journal blog. I also belong to two professional writing organizations. It's too early to say whether or not they have been successful but I do
know that my name is out there.

Do you have a mentor?

Yes, I do. Lou Nelson at UCI extension program. She teaches the Novel class for beginners, immediate, and advance writers.

What future projects do you have in the works?

CROSSED OUT, a YA paranormal

BULLETS OF TRUTH, a contemporary YA

Also I'd like to write a sequel to EARRINGS.

And I have the outline to a YA Sci-fi, PHOENIX RISING.

Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Don't give up! Be persistent. Being talented is only one small part of this business.

And write! Every day.

What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

I believe in following your dreams. If I didn't believe this, I would have listened to all those critics back when I was in high school that told me I'd never go to an university. Boy, did I prove them all wrong!


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Caridad Pineiro Named Golden Apple Author of the Year by Romance Writers of America

We at Pump Up Your Book Promotion is proud to announce one of our clients, Caridad Pineiro, author of the chick lit book, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN (Downtown Press, September 2007), was named the Golden Apple Author of the Year by the New York City chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Ms. Pineiro will be honored at the 17th Annual Golden Apple Awards Reception to be held on September 18th, 2007 at the Pen & Brush Club in lower Manhattan. The Golden Apple Awards honor the year's most exceptional editors, agents, booksellers, writers and other industry professionals within the romance writing genre.

You can read the entire press release here.

Congratulations, Caridad!


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Friday, August 24, 2007

An Interview with Art Appraiser & Author Scott Zema

Our special guest author today is Scott Zema, author of THREE STEPS TO INVESTMENT SUCCESS: BUYING THE RIGHT ART, ANTIQUES, AND COLLECTIBLES.

Scott is a long time professional art, antiques, and collectibles appraiser, certified and highly experienced in the sale of art, antiques, and collectibles as well as their appraisal. You can visit his website at http://www.arklimitedpublishing.com/ to learn more about Scott and his fantastic book.

Welcome to The Writer’s Life, Scott! Would you give us a brief synopsis of what your book is about?

My book is simply about how buyers of art, antiques, and collectibles can make purchases that have and retain financial value.

How long have you been an appraiser and why did you choose the profession?

I have been an appraiser for twenty years and settled on the profession after studying art history at the college level, owning my own art and antiques business, coming from a family of art and antique dealers, working at museums, and teaching at University level. I decided (eventually) that full-time appraising and its theoretical/intellectual bent in the marketplace was best suited to talents and to a demonstrated need in my part of the country.

What’s the difference between seasoned collectors as opposed to flea market shopper sort of buyers? Can you spot the differences right away?

Right away. Seasoned collectors (hopefully) look at quality, condition, and value as well as taste. Flea market buyers or inexperienced buyers simply buy what they like without further thought about anything else.

But who can blame them? The powers that be in the art and collectibles world have solemnly declared that they have no other advice to offer!

Why do you feel that people make poor financial choices when making their art, antiques and collectible purchases? Can you give us an example?

Many reasons, but see 'Buy what you like' under industry advice given above. If that's all they are doing, how can people help but make poor financial choices? What if people bought stocks that way? What if-for example-the regents of Harvard University tailored investment of their endowments based only on what they 'liked' after a couple of glasses of wine without any other thought?

Also, prior to my book, a giant void existed in the current literature regarding analysis of the personal properties markets and the way valuable personal properties move through those markets from manufacture to museum collections. Understanding the markets is a major key to understanding how investments in art, antiques, or collectibles can benefit the consumer over time.

And I can give you lots of examples of poor investments. How about the tipsy well heeled tourist who drops a load on a severely damaged Salvador Dali print while on vacation (purchased for a 'steal')?

Damage may give me heartburn. But if the tourist likes it, so what? Who else in the art industry will argue with him besides me?

How is your book any different from other art, collectible and antique books out there that will show you the same thing?

There are mountains of books that describe every aspect of collecting except investment. Show me any other book that describes 'the same thing!' I'm really curious to see it!!!

Does your book offer any information on the care of antiques, art and collectibles after they are bought?

The book offers good, comprehensive advice in a specific chapter devoted to this topic.

I have to tell you, I love antiques. What kind of antiques are hot right now?

American folk art, native Americana, good quality Chinese antiques produced for the native market, American art pottery, American Impressionist paintings... the list is very extensive.

Back to your book, what kind of research did you have to put into the writing of THREE STEPS TO INVESTMENT SUCCESS?

Research on tax law, research on what books were available in the marketplace on the subject (virtually none), and twenty years of my company data and experience is evaluating collectibles on a continuous and daily basis.

Your book is self-published. Can you tell us why you chose that route?

I figured why bring on board other people who would control the deal and give me a pittance when the internet and my own business saavy (twenty years with a successful appraising business) keeps me in complete control and gives me the lion's share of the profits. The internet I believe is the publishing industry's potentially worst nightmare.

What, in your own situation, has been the most challenging of self-publishing your own book?

Getting the word out. It's not nearly as easy as I thought it would be.

What are the benefits of self-publishing?

I make all the decisions.

Can you tell us why you chose to go on a virtual book tour to help promote your book?

To publicize my efforts and to hopefully make money. JK Rowling, look out!

I thank you for coming, Scott. Your book sounds absolutely wonderful. Would you like to tell us how we can pick up a copy?

Please go to my website to purchase this revolutionary work.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Author Interview: Robin Jay, author of THE ART OF THE BUSINESS LUNCH

Our special guest author today is Robin Jay, author of THE ART OF THE BUSINESS LUNCH (Career Press, 2006)!

Robin Jay is a past President of Las Vegas Women in Communications, and has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF) and The Advertising Community Talent Show (ACTS). She has written articles for Forbes.com, Hospitality Executive Magazine and What's On Magazine, and has also written ad copy for such clients as the MGM Grand Hotel and the Sahara Hotel & Casino. She has been awarded the WIC Electronic Media Award for Radio Account Executive of the Year. Ms. Jay enjoys playing golf, singing and is a gourmet cook. She lives in Las Vegas , Nevada with her dog Georgie.

You can visit her website at http://www.robinjay.com/ and her blog at www.robinjay.com/ blog.

Welcome to The Writer’s Life, Robin! Would you give us a brief synopsis of what your book is about?

Sure! It’s about building solid, long-lasting, PRODUCTIVE business relationships. It’s about introducing a social aspect into your business relationships as a means of getting to know your clients better and to actually build friendships with them. You’ll find more success in your business life and more joy in your personal life when you become involved with your clients.

Why did you choose to write about business lunches?

I sold advertising for more than 18 years. During that time, I personally hosted more than 3,000 client lunches…and my sales increased by more than 2,000%! I knew I was on to something and I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with others. Also, I discovered that people aren’t made to feel very special anymore; everything is so fast-paced and most people are under so much pressure to perform. By taking them out to lunch and making it all about them, they will feel special and enjoy their time with you. And people prefer to do business with people they like.

I was reading your book last night and I have to say I was very intrigued with it because as a small business owner, there are many tips inside that would even apply to me in my marketing plan for Pump Up Your Book Promotion and one of the tips was knowing what your customers want. How would you suggest I go about finding out what my customers want besides coming out and asking them or is that basically what I should do?

Absolutely you can ask them…but it’s better if you already know. Put yourself in their shoes. Just like you and I discovered that business blogs might drive more business my way than a writer’s blog, you need to imagine what would best serve your customers. No two customers are the same, so don’t treat them like they are. There is nothing wrong with asking them what their goals are for a tour. It’s really similar to taking an order in a restaurant. Are you expected to know that I’m in the mood for a burger, read my mind and then show up with one, cooked just the way I like it? Not at all! However, if I order a burger, and you ask me how I would like it, you might suggest that I try it with avocado, grilled onions or whatever the house specialty is. The same thing is true of business. Clients or customers come to you because they want what you have…but they don’t know the details. They don’t know exactly what you are capable of doing for them. That is where communication is key. You need to ask them what they want and then offer different solutions for their needs. It’s never just about money…it’s always about VALUE!

I especially love the part where you said, "Sharing a meal with others is one of the fastest ways to get to know them." Can you give us an example of this?

The BEST way to get to know someone is by playing golf with them. You will find out if they cheat, lie or if they are fun and sportsman-like. But not everyone plays golf. Lunch is the next best thing. In a social setting, people let their guard down. They forget you are looking. They may get drunk or careless…they may be indiscreet. It’s up to you to keep their confidences and be a friend to them. They will always appreciate your discretion and your compassion.

Does it matter which restaurant you choose for your business lunch?

Absolutely. You have so much riding on a business lunch why not stack the deck in your favor? Choose a restaurant that caters to a business diner. These are steak houses, higher-end restaurants…or even a great Chinese restaurant in a strip mall. You need to discover great restaurants for business lunches when out with your friends. I have a Top 10 list of criteria to look for in choosing the right restaurant for a business lunch in my book. It lists things like location, A/V capabilities, menu, price and service. Then make a list of those restaurants, organize them geographically, and have that list ready when you call to make a lunch date.

How about ordering? Does it matter what you order?

Yes! Avoid ordering foods that are challenging to eat! You know the list: big burgers, red sauce on pasta, ribs, etc. If you think you might end up wearing it, order something ELSE! You can’t do business with a big stain on your shirt or tie!

How about alcohol? Allowed or not allowed?

I talk about this a LOT in my book. Basically, it’s follow the leader. NEVER EVER drink when your client is not drinking. People get sloppy with a drink or two. I try to limit alcohol to one drink. Be prepared so that if your client wants a second drink, you are ready to put on the brakes. Perhaps you have a meeting later, are working on budgets, or other task that will require you to be sharp. Say, “Maybe next time, but I have a big meeting I have to get ready for this afternoon.” Being prepared is the key to everything about the business lunch.

Why should you never pay for a business lunch with cash?

Think about the last time your friend offered to buy lunch with cash. Did you insist on chipping in or ask to get the tip? A credit card is authoritative. It says, “I’ve got it!” without weakness.

Why do you have to stop eating when everyone else stops eating?

It’s awkward to have one person at a table eating when everyone else is done. Get your food to go or just forget about it. Don’t make your clients wait on you while you graze away. If YOU finish before your client, then slow down. You don’t want them to feel rushed. You really need to pace yourself so that you keep up with them as best as possible.

What kind of research did you have to put into the writing of THE ART OF THE BUSINESS LUNCH?

As I said, I’ve been on more than 3,000 client lunches. That’s a LOT of research! Then there was the writing aspect which, as a first-timer, was a real education. From the Maui Writer’s Conference to the Book Expo America to every book I could find on writing an publishing, I’ve had a heck of an education.

You are published by CareerPress. Can you tell us a little bit about them and what kind of manuscripts they are accepting?

They specialize in business, non-fiction. Check out their website at www.CareerPress.com to see their list. “How to Work for an Idiot” and “The Secrets of Power Negotiating” are on their list of titles.

What's next for Robin Jay? More books?

Absolutely! I’m totally hooked on writing. I know I was meant to do this, and I have a lot to share. My next book is about going outside your comfort zone in order to achieve more.

I thank you for coming, Robin. Your book is absolutely wonderful and I will be giving it a full review at Pump Up Your Book Promotion Galleria of Books. Meanwhile, can you tell my readers where they can get a copy?

Thank you, Dorothy. My book is available wherever books are sold…but if your readers would like a SIGNED copy OR an audio book, they need to come to my site at http://www.robinjay.com/.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

OJ Simpson's Book "If I Did It" Gets Published

California based Beaufort Books will publish If I Did It, originally written by O.J. Simpson, the company's president, Eric Kampmann, announced yesterday. The rights to the book were previously awarded to the family of Ron Goldman, and the family plans to include their own commentary along with Simpson's original manuscript.

Read rest of article here.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

South Beach Chicas Catch Their Man Virtual Book Tour Promotional Video

I have got to show off a promotional video I just made for one of my clients, Caridad Pineiro, who is going out on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours in September. This is her promotional virtual book tour video I made to promote her tour next month and which will be an added feature to anyone who signs up for the gold package plan! I'm so excited...



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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Amazon Opens Payment System to Other Websites

Amazon.com Inc. has opened its payment system to other Web sites in a move that would pit it against eBay Inc's PayPal.

The program, called Amazon Flexible Payment Service, was launched on Friday in an initial testing period, Amazon said on Monday.

Customers of Amazon.com, the largest internet retailer in the world, can already purchase goods through third-party sellers. Now, software developers operating their own Web sites can choose to use Amazon's payment system.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

AUTHOR INTERVIEW - PG Forte, Author of WAITING FOR THE BIG ONE

Our special guest today at The Writer's Life just so happens to be one of my clients at Pump Up Your Book Promotion who is on her first ever virtual book tour! Her name is PG Forte and she's the author of the erotic romance, WAITING FOR THE BIG ONE. Isn't that the coolest thing? I don't think we've had an erotic romance author here at The Writer's Life, so this is a treat!

Although PG's writing runs the gamut from dark-edged paranormal romance-suspense to won't-take-itself-at-all-seriously romantic comedy, there's one thing you can be sure of: It might not hit you right away, but sooner or later, there will be heat. 'Cause PG...it's a
name, not a rating!

You can purchase her book, WAITING FOR THE BIG ONE at Liquid Silver Books at http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/ or check out her website at http://www.pforte.com/ and her blog at http://www.rhymeswithforeplay.blogspot.com/.

TWL: Welcome to The Writer's Life, PG! Can you tell us when your passion for writing began?
PG: Oh, I've been making up stories for as long as I can remember--before I even learned to write them down. And I've always been a voracious reader, as well. I guess it was about seven or eight years ago that I became dissatisfied. I knew exactly the kind of book I wanted to read, I wanted something contemporary, something clever, something that combined everyday-psychic with romance and a little suspense all set in a California location. When I couldn't find anything like it, I decided to sit down and write it myself.

For more information on how that worked out, check out the Oberon series at: http://www.oberoncalifornia.us/.

TWL: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

PG: You could say my writing day begins with my first cup of coffee and ends with a last sip of wine. I'm a tad obsessed, to say the least. Now that my son has moved out on his own I actually have an 'office' to go to! Just me and the dog, the turtle and one of our cats. I don't know why they all think this is the place to be (well, other than the turtle, who has no
choice) except that it is very nice.

TWL: Do you write full time?

PG: Yeah, and then some. Up until eight years ago, I could always be found with my nose in a book. Actually, I guess the only thing that's changed since then is that now the book in question is usually one I haven't finished writing yet!

TWL: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

PG: Waiting for the Big One is my latest release. It's a bit of a departure from my earlier work,
being a first person novella--instead of a really long third person novel. Also it's more romantic comedy than romantic suspense. Here's the blurb:

"Like everyone else in LA, Gabby Brown is waiting for The Big One. The big break that will make her a star. The big quake that will rock the city to its knees. Or, in this case, the Big O, the elusive, G-spot, ultra orgasm.

She thinks she's found the guy who'll give it to her when she meets Zach, the super hot musician who's just moved into her building. But Gabby's quest to find true love and ultimate pleasure with the rock guitarist of her dreams is complicated by her friendship with Derek, the martial arts instructor with whom she's co-writing a screenplay.

Up until now, Gabby has refused to even consider Derek for the role of soul mate because she fears sex will ruin their friendship. But, Derek has ideas of his own about that, and they don't include sharing Gabby with anybody.

When an early morning earthquake precipitates a crisis at her day job, dog-walking the pampered pets of Hollywood's elite, off leash in Runyon Canyon Park, Gabby is going to turn to Derek for help. His actions will force her to re-evaluate her feelings about mixing sex and
friendship."

TWL: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

PG: Waiting for the Big One is published by Liquid Silver Books. I'm thrilled to be part of the LSB family. It's been a pleasure every step of the way. And their covers rock!

TWL: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book? I wrote Waiting for the Big One partly on a dare and partly for an astrologically themed contest.

But the idea for the story itself came from a poem I'd written about life in Los Angeles.

TWL: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

PG: I'll try anything I hear about. To date, I'd say that magazine ads, author chats and MySpace seem to have had the biggest impact on sales.

TWL: Do you have a mentor?

PG: Not really. But I've been blessed with some kick-ass critique partners.

TWL: What future projects do you have in the works?

PG: Here's some of what I have planned. For more information, and some excerpts, check out my website at http://www.pgforte.com/:

Love, from A to Z

When April's memory goes missing, all her money can't buy it back. Good thing Zach's on hand to teach her about Love, from A to Z.

Sea Change

Love alone was not enough to help Cara and Liam overcome the trauma in her past. Now, it's time for the pair to get creative.

Let Me Count the Ways

Former starlet Claire Calhoun is used to calling the shots--in and out of bed. That all changes when she gets involved with Mike Sherman, her accountant and long-time fan.

Edge of Heaven

Edge is an unlikely angel. Unable to atone for his sins, he's resigned to spending eternity in Limbo. Until he meets a miracle named Amanda.

Iron

Nineteenth century Ireland. Blacksmith Gavin O'Malley faces a bitter choice. Will he lose his heart to the lovely fae Aislinn, or lose his soul to save her?

Air Borne

A Hawaiian honeymoon turns suspenseful when Brent and Ruth unexpectedly find themselves involved in a race to locate and recover the fabled 'Alaneo' stones.

Earth Walk

Being Medicine can be lonely, and Chenoa Johnson's sick of it. Until a chance encounter gives her a new perspective on life, love and healing.

Devil Tree Inn

There are worse things in life than inheriting a couples-only vacation resort on a beautiful tropical island. Too bad Patience Sinclair can't think of any.

The Lazy Shaman's Guide to Enlightenment

Two best friends embark on a spiritual road trip. Sometimes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single stop for coffee and doughnuts.

TWL: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

PG: Write what you like to read. It's trite and it's definitely been said before, but it's true all the same. Publishing has definite trends and what's hot when you start writing your first book might be overdone by the time you're finished. But if you write what you like, chances other people will like it too...it will also stand a better chance of holding your interest long enough for you to get to 'the end'. I think actually finishing that first book is one of the hardest things to accomplish. But, if you can't finish it, you'll never sell it. So, I guess my advice is: write what you want to read and don't stop 'til it's done.

TWL: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

PG: Really? People don't ask about things? lol! Must be something about me, then, because people ask me all sorts of things--personal, impersonal, important, completely unimportant. The only kinds of questions I don't get asked are the ones people already suspect they don't want to know the answers too!

TWL: Thank you, PG, and good luck on the rest of your virtual book tour!

If you'd like to visit her tour page to see where she'll be headed next, head over to http://www.vitualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/ (her link is in the right hand sidebar).

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

AUTHOR INTERVIEW - Marilyn Meredith, Author of JUDGMENT FIRE

We have a very special guest here at The Writer's Life today by the name of Marilyn Meredith, author of Judgment Fire, the latest book in the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series! Marilyn is also one of my clients at Pump Up Your Book Promotion and The Writer's Life happens to be the first stop on her virtual book tour this month, so wish her luck!

Marilyn is also the author of Wishing Makes it So, a psychological thriller awarded best thriller by the American Author Association and USA Book News Best Book Award. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, EPIC and Public Safety Writers of America. She was an instructor for Writers Digest School for ten years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writer's Retreat and other writer's conferences and is a popular speaker at libraries and other venues. She makes her home in a small foothill community much like Bear Creek where Deputy Tempe Crabtree lives.

The latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, Judgment Fire, will be available this month (August) from Mundania Press, http://www.mundaniapress.com/
You can visit her home on the web at http://fictionforyou.com/ or her blog at http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/!

TWL: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Marilyn! Can you tell us when your passion for writing began?

Marilyn: Before I could read, I drew illustrations for the radio soap operas my mom listened to (I've been around for a long, long time). Once I learned to read and write, I created my own stories and I've been writing something ever since.

TWL: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Marilyn: I usually do my creating first thing in the morning. Mornings are best for me. However, when I'm busy, I'll write whenever I can squeeze it in. I usually edit in the afternoon or evenings.

TWL: Do you write fulltime?

Marilyn: Writing is what I do - sometimes, though, it's the kind of writing that brings in money instead of fiction which I love. I do try to spend sometime everyday doing promotion of one sort or another.

TWL: Can you tell us a little bit about your book, Judment Fire?

Marilyn: Judgment Fire is the latest in my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. Tempe investigates the murder of a battered wife and during the investigation comes face to face with repressed memories about being ridiculed because she was an Indian during her high school years. She also performs a star-light ceremony in the course of her investigation.

TWL: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Marilyn: Mundania Press is the publisher of the Tempe books. My former publisher passed away and I feel extremely fortunate that Mundania has now contracted the next books in the series. Mundania Press is extremely professional with the business and its authors.
TWL: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Marilyn: Tempe is thecomposite of two women in law enforcement who shared their trials and
tribulations as lone females in their work force and a lovely Native American woman I know. Tempe is married to a Christian preacher. They love each other very much but sometimes when Tempe dabbles in the supernatural to find out something she needs to know, her husband fears for her soul. As an author, I have a lot of fun writing this aspect of the books. Though the done research I've done about our local Indian tribe and the reservation have definitely inspired certain aspects of all my Tempe books, the Indians and the reservation in my book are fiction.
TWL: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?
Marilyn: I've done everything I can think of to promote, book signings (which I think are the least successful), library presentations, talks to women's groups and service clubs, presentations at writer's conferences (always sucessful.) I attend a lot of mystery cons which are fun and a way to meet fans. I belong to writers organizations such as Sisters in Crime (I'm a member of three different chapters), Mystery Writers of America, California Writers Club, EPIC, Public Safety Writers Association where I serve on the board. They all afford me different opportunities for promoting.

And of course, I promote on the web. I've had my own website for years, I have several different blogs, and belong to many lists. There isn't enough time to do it all, but I sure try.
TWL: Do you have a mentor?
Marilyn: Willma Gore, who was in the same critique group with me for years taught me more about writing than any book, class or conference. Though she moved away, we still keep in touch via email and she continues to give me support.
TWL: What future projects do you have in the works?
Marilyn: In the next in the series, Kindred Spirits, Tempe travels to Crescent City CA to find out information about a murder victim, but learns about the Tolowa Indians and Big Foot.
TWL: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?
Marilyn: If you know your book is ready and you're not getting anywhere with New York publishers, seek small independent publishers who publish the kind of books you write. Don't ignore e-publishers who also do trade paperbacks. Always research a publisher before submitting to one. Once you've finished a book, had it edited and sent it off, start the next one.
The only way to get published is to never give up.
TWL: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?
Marilyn: Though writing is a big part of my life, my family is most important to me. I've been married to my best friend for over fifty years, we raised five children, now have nineteen grandchildren, and ten greats. I enjoy spending time with my family. We also have an active church life.

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